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Environmental Education Employment

Portland Parks & Recreation engages the next generation of environmental leaders through volunteer naturalist training, paid work programs, science-based field trips and stewardship. Check out our many programs for more information!

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Youth Conservation Crew Member

Description: Summer job opportunity for teens interested in outdoor work and protecting the environment.

Status: The 2020 Application period has closed. Check back throughout the year for information about the 2021 recruiting season.

Eligibility: Age 14 - 18


Youth Conservation Crew Leader

Description: Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills.

Status: The 2020 Application period has closed. Check back throughout the year for information about the 2021 recruiting season.

Eligibility: Adult driver's license


GRUNT Adult Crew Leader

Description: Mentor and supervise teenagers as they complete important work in natural areas and gain job skills.

Status: The 2020 Application period has closed. Check back throughout the year for information about the 2021 recruiting season.

Eligibility: Adult driver's license


Nature Day Camp Naturalist I & II, Coordinator Positions

Description: Naturalists spend 7 hours each day co-leading small groups of campers (age 4-12). Experience working with children, a love and curiosity about nature, and high sense of safety and responsibility.

Status: The 2020 Application period has closed. Check back throughout the year for information about the 2021 recruiting season.

Eligibility: Age 16+


Field Trip Naturalist

Description: Part-time, school-year employment working with our Field Trip team. Requires experience in Environmental Education group facilitation, knowledge of local ecology, child management skills, and administrative skills.

Status: All positions filled for the 2019-2020 school year.

Eligibility: Age 21+


Pre-Employment Volunteer Programs

GRUNT

Description: GRUNT is a FREE year-round program that connects teens to nature, healthy outdoor adventure, environmental science, stewardship and life and job skills. We partner with Ninth Grade Transition (All Hands Raised) so that Jr. GRUNT participants get high school credit for completing the program.

Status: All positions filled for the 2019-2020 school year.

Eligibility: Age 21+

Nature Day Camp

Description: Nature Day Camp Volunteers, called Teacher Apprentices, spend a week of camp as a "teacher in training." Campers (who could be between the ages of 3-12) are divided into small groups and spend each day with our trained EE Staff where they learn about ecology, engage in nature play, explore and build connections to people and place! Volunteers assist the EE staff by helping the campers with tasks, playing games, reading stories, doing crafts, and getting to know the campers.

Status: AThe 2020 Application period has closed. Check back throughout the year for information about the 2021 recruiting season.

Eligibility: Age 13-17